Start – Roadside at Braithwaite NY228236, Distance – 9km, Ascent – 560m, Time – 3hrs 15mins plus stops.
A quickie over a couple of Wainwrights in the north-western region, excellent for either an early morning or late afternoon. Parking is available on the B5292 at the bottom of the hill just outside the lovely village of Braithwaite – ideal for a post-walk pint in the Royal Oak. The terrain is fairly easy, although it’s a steep, heathery climb to Outerside, and there is a long but pleasant walk out down the Coledale valley. Both hills on the walk have decent peaks, although I think that the best views are from Barrow, despite it being the less-lofty of the two.
Climbing the north-west ridge of Barrow, giving a fantastic view of the Skiddaw massif
From the same point as the last photo, this time looking towards Bassenthwaite Lake across the lovely village of Braithwaite. The peak to the left is Barf, with Binsey in the central far distance, beyond the only lake in the Lake District
From the peak of Barrow, looking across to the next objective, Outerside. In the background is the excellent pyramidal peak of Grisedale Pike, displaying a couple of its fantastic ridges
Looking down the valley of Stonycroft Gill from Outerside, with Cat Bells beyond Newlands
Force Crag Mine below Grisedale Pike.
A closer view of Force Crag Mine, sitting near the head of Coledale.